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Up-level your Plant Medicine Facilitation Skills,

Cultivate your Confidence,

and Lead with Trauma-Awareness and Safety for All.

OVERVIEW

Working with the sacred plant medicines (PM) and Ayahuasca can present with enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. Many come to heal and process traumatic experiences through the plant medicines, however, very few plant medicine facilitators, support workers, and integration therapists have training in the foundation and neuroscience of trauma approaches, and most do not know how to respond effectively to the various trauma imprints that arise before, during and after the ceremonial space.

Plant medicines have an enormous power to activate body, psyche, and spirit, releasing that which has been trapped in the unconscious into the light of awareness. However, this often happens ceremonial space in a way that happens too fast or too intensely, and repercussions could be re-traumatizing and even damaging. It requires a great deal of courage, experience, and bravery to navigate skillfully through the process, and, unfortunately, many are trauma survivors who do not have the inner resilience or the skills to do so. Similarly, Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca facilitators can also feel overwhelmed with a lack of resources and a grounded understanding of what to do when various trauma imprints arise, which could be harmful and neglectful to participants.

As Plant Medicine and Ayahuasca facilitators, we have an ethical duty of both responsibility and care to the participant’s health and wellbeing, both before, during, and after the ceremonial experience. In doing so, it is fundamental to upskill our understanding of trauma and the nervous system, and learning the best practices to respond effectively to the signs and symptoms of trauma when it arises.

This program is for individuals who are interested in or are currently facilitating healing spaces with the sacred indigenous and plant medicines. This may include Ayahuasca, Bufo, Kambo, Ibogaine, Wachuma, and Psilocybin. Individuals who are currently working, or interested in plant medicine integration work, as well as facilitation assistants, will also benefit from this workshop.

The 8-day Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program will be conducted in three modules which can be purchased as a package or separately. Participants who finish the entire program will be presented with a certificate by AYA Healing Retreats.

Join us in the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Online Program to change lives and hold safer spaces in the world for healing, growth and transformation. 

This 85 hour training will provide you with the foundation you need to become trauma-informed as a plant medicine facilitator, expanding your somatic skills, and deepening interpersonal and emotional attunement to hold a healing space for yourself and others.

Our Program Description:

This newly revised¬†85 hour training¬†is delivered over¬†3 modules¬†spanning¬†3 months from 21st April ‚Äď 21st July 2023. The program¬†includes a combination of:

  • Online live zoom workshops (40 hours) with Atira Tan and guest teachers
  • Experiential practice cohort sessions (5 hours)
  • Video lectures (20 hours)
  • Q & A sessions (6 hours)
  • Bonus Video demonstration sessions (4 hours)
  • Trauma-informed masterclasses with Ayahuasca, Bufo and Psilocybin. (5 hours)
  • Self-study (5 hours).

 

Our Schedule:

21st April: Opening Ceremony 
9th May: Q & A session with Atira (90 mins.)
24th May ‚Äď 27th:¬†Mod. 1: Live Zoom Workshops and
Community Connections with Atira.(20 hrs.)
6th June: Q & A: Working with Ayahuasca with Guest Teacher (90 mins.)
15th & 16th June: Mod. 2: Live Zoom Workshops and Community Connections with Atira. (10 hrs.)
27th June: Q & A: Working with Psilocybin with Guest Teacher (90 mins.)
11th July: Q & A: Working with Bufo with Guest Teacher (90 mins.)
20th & 21st July: Mod. 3: Live Zoom Workshops and Community Connections with Atira. (10 hrs.)

The course is delivered over 13 weeks of online learning, and all students who complete our certificate requirements will receive our certificate of completion.

“Ayahuasca can evoke direct but long-suppressed memories of trauma.

It can also trigger emotional states and visions of horror and pain that are not direct recollections, but¬†emotional imprints¬†of¬†trauma.‚ÄĚ

Dr. Gabor Mate

As a Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitator, you’ll be able to:

  • Reduce the risk of retraumatisation in participants.
  • Recognise trauma imprints and identify signs of trauma in participants during the preparation, ceremonial and integration phases of plant medicine work.
  • Create safe spaces and establish environments and facilitator-participant relationships that foster safety, trust and attunement.
  • Understand trauma awareness based on neuroscience and somatic psychology.
  • Posses knowledge of foundational principles of trauma and the nervous system to inform your facilitation¬†approach.
  • Skilfully navigate psycho-spiritual challenges in non-ordinary states, addressing them with sensitivity and expertise.
  • Provide trauma-sensitive post-ceremony and integration support for trauma resolution.
  • Communicate in a trauma-informed manner, which is compassionate and empathetic, ensuring safety in the interpersonal relationship.
  • Support trauma survivors to build their inner resilience and ‚ÄúWindow of Presence‚ÄĚ through somatic resourcing.
  • Uphold your ethical responsibility by prioritising the wellbeing and health of participants, both physically and psychologically.
  • Respond resourcefully to various trauma imprints and nervous system patterns, employing somatic resourcing strategies that lead to repair and prevent ¬†re-traumatisation.
  • Provide participants with psycho-education on trauma awareness, and support them in preparing for their ceremonial experience with mindfulness, ¬†somatic resources and support.

Module 1:

TRAUMA-INFORMED FACILITATION SKILLS IN CEREMONY

21st April ‚Äď 6th June 2024

MODULE 1: KEY CORE CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

  • Overview of Trauma and the Nervous System
  • Working with the Polyvagal Theory in Non-Ordinary States.
  • The different categories of trauma that show up frequently in altered states of consciousness.
  • The Shamanic Paradigm vs Western Contemporary Paradigms of Trauma Recovery
  • Understanding Soul Loss and Disassociation
  • Tips and Tools for mitigating the risk of re-traumatisation.
  • Identifying nervous system patterns and presentations in clients.
  • The Body is Key: Support the intelligence of the body for healing in non-ordinary states.
  • The importance of Self-Regulation and Co-regulation.
  • Essential somatic skills for safety, grounding and resourcing.
  • Trauma-Informed Communication and relational skills.
  • Using Somatic Touch as a resource.
  • Consent, healthy boundaries and ethical responsibility.
  • Your role as facilitator in each phase of the trauma-informed plant medicine paradigm.
  • Working with Ayahuasca and important tips for facilitators.

MODULE 1: SCHEDULE AND DETAILS

You’ll receive…

* 20 hours of LIVE Online big group conferencing 24-27 May. The LIVE Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have 1 year access.

* 90 mins Q & A session with Atira 9th May

* 90 mins Q & A session: Working with Ayahuasca with Atira and guest teacher.

* 18 mini video lectures (9 hours)

* Your Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitator PDF manual

* Your video lecture study workbook.

* Access to our private Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Online Community on Mighty Networks.

* Personal and Professional Resources and Templates.

Our Schedule….

♥ 21st April: Opening Ceremony and Intention Setting.

♥ 9th May: Study Session and Q & A.

‚ô• 24th ‚Äď 27th May:¬†Module 1 Live Zoom Workshops & Community Connections.

♥ 6th June: Q & A Working with Ayahuasca with Atira & Guest Teacher.

* Available for self-paced and hybrid learners.

Module 2:

TRAUMA-INFORMED ASSESSMENTS, SCREENING AND SOMATIC INTENTION SETTING

7th June ‚Äď 27th June 2024

MODULE 2: KEY CORE CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

  • The Principles of Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Screening and Assessment.
  • The Process of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Preparation Flow Chart.
  • Assessing the Participant and their Trauma History.
  • Medical Screening Template for Psychedelic Sessions & Retreats
  • Choosing the applicant from a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • Building the Relationship with trauma sensitivity
  • Trauma-informed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Decision Making: Is this person the right fit for plant medicine?
  • Trauma-Informed Psychedelic Preparation: Intention Setting for trauma healing.
  • The Somatic Plant Medicine Intention Setting model.
  • Building resilience and resources to increase the ‚ÄúWindow of Presence‚ÄĚ.

MODULE 2: SCHEDULE AND DETAILS

You’ll receive…

  • 10 hours of LIVE Online big group conferencing 15th-16th June. The LIVE Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have 1 year of access.
  • 90 mins. Q & A: Working with Psilocybin with Atira and Guest teacher on the 27th June
  • 6 mini video lectures (3 hours)
  • Masterclass on Working with Psilocybin.
  • Your self-study workbook.
  • Your Trauma-Informed PDF manual
  • Access to our private Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Online Community on Mighty Networks
  • Personal and Professional Resources and Templates.

Our Schedule….

‚ô• 7th ‚Äď 14th June:¬†Mini-video Lectures and self-study.

‚ô• 15th ‚Äď 16th June:¬†Module 2 Live Zoom Workshops and Community Connections

♥ 27th June: Working with Psilocybin Q & A.

* Available for self-paced and hybrid learners.

Module 3:

POST – CEREMONY AND INTEGRATION CARE

28th June ‚Äď 21st July 2024

MODULE 3: KEY CORE CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

  • An Introduction to Embodied Integration
  • The Hero‚Äôs Journey: An Application to Trauma-Informed Integration
  • The Objectives and Goals of Psychedelic Integration.
  • Trauma-Informed Post-Ceremony Tips and Best Practices.
  • Aspects of Self for Plant Medicine Integration
  • Working with trauma imprints in post-ceremony care and integration.
  • An introduction to Somatic Plant Medicine Integration approach.
  • Post-Ceremony therapeutic care.
  • Psychedelic Integration Document Templates
  • Running an integration workshop.
  • Working with groups in integration circles.
  • Using art, metaphor and symbology in meaning-making in plant medicine integration.
  • 3 Psychedelic Integration Categories.

MODULE 3: SCHEDULE AND DETAILS

You’ll receive…

  • 10 hours of LIVE Online big group conferencing 20th-21st July. The LIVE Zoom workshops will be recorded and you have 1 year of access.
  • 90 mins. Q & A: Working with Bufo with Atira and Guest Teacher on the 11th July
  • 6 mini video lectures (3 hours)
  • Masterclass: Working with Bufo
  • 2 x Bonus demonstration videos on somatic psychedelic integration.
  • Your Trauma-Informed Facilitator PDF manual
  • Access to our private Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Online Community on Mighty Networks
  • Personal and Professional Resources and Templates.

* Pre-requisite for Mod 3 is the completion of Mod 1.

Our Schedule….

‚ô• 28th June ‚Äď 10th July:¬†Mini-video Lectures and self-study.

♥ 11 July: Working with Psilocybin Q & A.

‚ô• 20th ‚Äď 21st July:¬†Module 2 Live Zoom Workshops and Community Connections

* Available for self-paced and hybrid learners.

Full 3 Months Program

LATE BIRD DISCOUNT: UNTIL JAN 21ST
$ 1250
  • 9 Recorded video sessions which you will get to keep.
  • 85 hours of big group conferencing, recorded with lifetime access
  • Your PDF manual & Access to our closed FB community group

* This program can be taken as a self-paced learning experience. All live workshop videos are recorded and you have lifetime access to the content.

** Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking. Your booking is confirmation that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

*** Completion of the Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Program is highly encouraged but not compulsory for this program.

**** Payment plans are available for eligible concession and unemployed students. Please email us at info@ayahealingretreats.com for more information.

 

YOUR TEACHER

Atira Tan, MA, SEP

Head of Integration

AYA HEALING RETREATS

Learn More About Atira:

A TED speaker, activist, somatic trauma specialist, #1 Best Selling Author, and yoga teacher & group facilitator, Atira Tan is a powerful agent of transformation and change. 

She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men, and children in her 17 years of experience in various somatic and creative trauma recovery approaches.

Passionate about creating safer spaces through trauma-informed education, and bringing healing in the ‘shadowy’ areas of life, Atira has worked as a trauma-informed somatic plant medicine integration specialist in retreat centres such as the Temple of the Way of Light. She is currently the head of integration at AYA Healing Retreats.

Words of Gratitude

OUR PROGRAMS CHANGE LIVES.

We believe that every girl and woman deserves to determine her future. As part of our social change model, this training ‚Äúpays it forward‚ÄĚ to assist women and girls from Nepal & India who have experienced sex slavery and exploitation to receive COVID-19 relief food packs.

One student will sponsor ONE woman to receive relief food packs with our charity partner Art to Healing.

We would love for you to join us!

Please email us at info@ayahealingretreats.com for booking inquiries

$1,750
FULL PRICE $1250

LET'S START

Application

Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you

Improvements, Pricing Changes, and What’s On The Horizon For AYA Healing Retreats

While living mindfully in the present, we are always excited for the future and we have much in store for the coming year. Among other upgrades to better serve our guests, we will be:

  • adding new staff at the center that offer even better cleaning and laundry services
  • increasing the breadth and depth of training undertaken by our facilitators
  • offering more in-depth one-on-one preparation sessions to all of our guests, in addition to integration sessions
  • implementing a new water filtration for healthy, alkaline, antioxidant drinking water rich in minerals and purged of impurities.
  • purchasing additional medical equipment and continued medical training of staff for the safety of all, both here and in our community

Part of our improvement plans include raising our prices starting in 2024 to support our continuing efforts in improving everything that we do. With that said, we will always do our best to keep our prices attainable and within reach for as many people as possible, and we will also offer the possibility of discounts in a few different ways:

  • Earlybird discounts when you book your retreat in advance
  • Deep discounts for return attendees
  • Deep discounts for residents of Central and South America

We will continue to provide payment plans for all of our retreats, please contact us at info@ayahealingretreats.com to discuss options.

We are committed to prioritizing the quality of our retreats, giving you the most personalized and authentic experience possible, and caring for the health, safety, comfort and well-being of everyone who comes to AYA Healing Retreats.

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Don Miguel

Shipibo Curandero

AKA Senen Yoi - 'Speaking the Truth'

Don Miguel was born into a Shipibo community called Roaboya on the River Ucayali. When Don Miguel was a child, Angel Sanchez Vargas, his grandfather was the community’s curandero. Vargas was an expert in sacred plant medicines and was frequently called upon to heal and share his spiritual wisdom with members of Roaboya. The school built some years later was named after Vargas and Roaboya went on to be recognised as the first indigenous community 114 years ago. Don Miguel grew up surrounded by the Shipibo wisdom and possess intimate knowledge of the sacred plant medicines. At a very young age he began his apprenticeship as a curandero through plant dietas under the supportive guidance of his grandfather. Miguel is also a trained literature professor and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Shipibo language and culture. Since 2012, Don Miguel has spent the bulk of his time leading lectures, workshops, initiation courses and retreats. Don Miguel will lead our Ayahuasca ceremonies, circle discussions and be available for personal consultations whilst on retreat.

Application

Our comprehensive screening questionnaire has been developed in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS). Please take your time to answer it as honestly and with as much detail as possible. This information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used to assess your suitability for a place on retreat with AYA Healing Retreats and keep you safe

Please remember that the purpose of this screening questionnaire is to determine whether plant medicine healing is suitable for you…not whether you are suitable for plant medicine healing. Plant medicines are tools, like any other healing modality and like other tools for healing experiencing them entails certain risks. We need to make sure that our plant medicines will not compromise your wellbeing or harm you in any way before we allow you to begin your healing journey with us. In short, we care about your safety and we need to do what we can to ensure that during your time with us you are not at risk of harm. Plant medicines can be dangerous if the plants are not the right fit for the individual. Your answers to this questionnaire will help us to determine whether the plants we intend to use are going to help, rather than harm you